The Cyprus Union of Solar Thermal Industrialists was founded in 1977 and is the sole organization in Cyprus regarding Solar Thermal Systems. Cyprus has always been a pioneer in solar thermal systems. The industry began in the 1960’s and currently the Union comprises of 25 member companies. The majority of manufacturers produce flat plate collectors and thermosyphonic systems with an annual production of 45-50,000m2. With more than 92% of households and 54% of hotels using solar thermal systems, Cyprus boasts the highest installed capacity in the world with 1m2 collector area/capita.